Going back to basics almost always pays off, especially with the way audiences have now accepted soft reboots over clear cut remakes as the norm. ‘The Predator’ is no different in thatit follows many of the elements of the first ‘Predator’ films that worked and tossed elements that supposedly didn’t. Which thankfully for audiences still ends up being a fun, bloody and action packed ride that goes way to far with its over complication of setting, plot and effects.
'Mission: Impossible' has been Tom Cruise's baby for a while now and its become without a doubt the United States version of James Bond. What both of these series had originally in common, was that previous story threads as a general rule were never utilized for their next film. The 'James Bond' series finally corrected that with the Daniel Craig films and here writer-director Christopher McQuarrie takes full advantage of the continuity created before him and his own, and to make the best of it by tangling things together in such an effortless way that fans of the series should surely enjoy and devour the continuing story and action scenes created.
We know Hollywood does have the tendency to make films of lower quality that are unentertaining and that should have never gone through the system in the first place. Now, films of this caliber are also making their way through the online system via Netflix and we the consumer should be grateful that they come as this package deal. As if this kind of film was a separate purchase or rental, it would have been a complete waste of time and money and now its potential value on us is more time heavy, rather than monetary.
The funny thing about this film, is that it didn't look like anybody was requesting an all female Oceans' film to be made, on the other hand a few fans online, including myself wanted an all female 'Expendables' film with the likes of Sigourney Weaver, Gina Carano, Vivica A. Fox and more to be made. A project that to this day still hasn't gotten off the ground and instead this did. Which based on its recent box office didn't break the bank, but did show that more people would have possibly seen it if word of mouth was better.
Hype is an unusual beast that can be blessing in disguise or a terror from the dark. 'Black Panther' was lucky that the hype made it receive sales beyond expectation, but maybe not too happy with the overall general audience praise that has been mixed even though most would like to say it was overall positive. Not due to the fact that this a bad film, on the contrary its a very good film in many ways, but because people lifted it to the heights of deification for political and social reasons, instead of valuing it on the merits of its filmmaking and storytelling as we do with any other film. In the end, you will probably enjoy 'Black Panther' and relish in the fact that this is a sort of film you don't get to see very often with outstanding visuals, performances, locations and style, but also that it was a film that still could have been improved upon, as is the case with almost all of the recent Marvel films.
While it does have a rocky start at the beginning of the film and takes a sudden turn towards the dramatic, the film does get better as it progresses and becomes more relaxed and loose with its plot and jokes. The addition of Cable and others was great and more of the same was just what the doctor ordered.
If you want action, a little bit of adventure, even romance and a touch of the occult then you should head on over and see the original 'Tomb Raider' or better yet the 'Indiana Jones' trilogy. As the new 'Tomb Raider' takes realism to its core, making it inherently lack any spark of hope in its exploration of the world and instead goes down the plot path of countless other TV series and movies where there is an evil corporation that has their hands in everything and they messed as expected with the wrong person.
Marvel have been building up to this point for almost a decade now and their efforts have proved worthy by all accounts (creatively & financially). 'Infinity War' being their biggest production yet they didn't hold back, gave fans exactly what they wanted and even a little more that that. The surprises in it were genuine and for a change had a narrative cliffhanger that made you want to see its continuation. This bold road Marvel is taking will have obstacles to overcome, as the ultimate ending of this universe is on the horizon, but it just might not end the way we all think and be ultimately the beginning of a new one.
Films don't always follow a conventional narrative, sometimes they offer a slice of life experience which you bear witness to and form your own opinions on positively or negatively. This was the case with this film, until it reached a point that is questionable, but something you can still live with due to the rest of the package deal being so vivid and telling for how other people get by in life and how a parent's mistakes can have an everlasting effect on a child.
We are finally free from what Hollywood and many men and women identify as a modern day 'romance'. In what is a film trilogy where a man doesn't give up his perverted activities to be a more wholesome individual and a woman gets caught up in them as if it's nothing to be worried about, because the film and characters are more concerned with its soap opera plot , rather than the abuse and trauma Grey had as a child and that he never honestly overcame in either of three films in any meaningful way.
The past two years it's been Winston Churchill fever with the amount of film & TV representations that have existed for this incredible historical figure by a number of outstanding actors, all providing different interpretations and from different points in history. For one reason or another this is the one (Darkest Hour) that garnered the most attention and not totally undeserved I may add.
Greek filmmakers almost only ever get recognition based upon how provocative or artistic they are and almost never on how industrious and aware they are to follow standard plot development, cliches and the inclusion of intellectual ideas that are easily graspable by a mass audience. To many this may seem minute and frivolous as cinema is an art form that shouldn't concern itself as much in this regard. On the other hand, I always have begged to differ by being able to enjoy the odd art film here and there and the occasional schlocky action film, especially when they come from places you least expect them to.